The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) 2/5 – Some new takes on zombies but otherwise contrived

Usually I can see what a film is trying to do. I rate films based on that, whether they were successful. It is my perception but it’s real for me. This film was trying to imbue a child with ferocious and ingenious traits. It was akin to the recent film Midnight Special in that way. …

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Usually I can see what a film is trying to do. I rate films based on that, whether they were successful. It is my perception but it’s real for me. This film was trying to imbue a child with ferocious and ingenious traits. It was akin to the recent film Midnight Special in that way.

The Girl with All the Gifts“A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.” -IMDB

Cast

Gemma Arterton Helen Justineau
Glenn Close Dr. Caroline Caldwell
Sennia Nanua Melanie
Dominique Tipper Devani

Directed by

Colm McCarthy

Written by

Mike Carey, Mike Carey

Other Info

Drama, Horror, Thriller
R
Fri 23 Sep 2016 UTC
111min
IMDB Rating: 6.8

But this is just another zombie movie, like so many more before it. Someone should tell the director this has been beaten to death. There isn’t much more we want to see in zombie films, at least in new ones anyway. I will tell you what these zombies are likem since they are unique in a few ways. The communicate with one another and hang out. They can paint their faces. They are faster even than the Zombies in the film World War Z. They can go into a sort of standing sleep, like horses do.

This is a really contrived movie. I can’t help but think it was made to cash in on the zombie fans out here. It’s a sort of interesting story but never really blooms into something worth writing home about. There is the paramilitary aspect and a desire to “connect” with the zombies that never turns out well. If you’re into seeing a different take on this genre, you might enjoy this film. If you only have time for one movie, go see another one from your watchlist first.

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Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.